Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore comprehensively by eight wickets to win their fourth game of the IPL season. In the process, they get to eight points and equals SRH, and RR in the points table. They have registered a win after three consecutive losses. Meanwhile, this was RCB’s fourth loss. They maintain the third position in the points table. More about the CSK vs RC match report in detail below.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to bat in Dubai. On the back of Virat Kohli’s 50 off 43 and AB De Villiers’ 39 off 36, RCB reached 145 after 20 overs. Devdutt Padikkal (22) and Aaron Finch (15) fell cheaply, as the Chennai Super Kings bowlers found the pitch to their liking.
Sam Curran with his change-ups took three for 19 from his three overs. One of his victims was the RCB skipper. Deepak Chahar picked two wickets as their spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santer tied down the Chennai Super Kings batsmen in the middle-overs.
Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets
Ruturaj Gaikwad (65* off 51) scored his maiden IP fifty to guide CSK to victory in their chase. Gaikwad added 46 for the first wicket with Faf du Plessis (25), before he was dismissed. Ambati Rayudu, then played a good knock at number three scoring 39 off 27 balls and adding 67 with Gaikwad.
The chase was then seen off by MS Dhoni (19 off 21) as CSK won the game comprehensively by eight wickets. Gaikwad finished unbeaten after the game. The CSK batsmen had no problems batting on this wicket, which became easier in the second half. None of the RCB bowlers were penetrative on the given day. Neither of pace or spin affected the approach of the Chennai Super Kings batsmen.
What Was the Turning Point in the Game?
The CSK spinners did very well to take key wickets at the death. AB de Villiers fell in the 17th over, Kohli on the 18th and Morris on the 19th over of their innings which affected the end score. That was the turning point in the game.
Ruturaj Gaikwad for his maiden IPL fifty was awarded the Man of the Match.
“It feels good. More importantly winning the game for the team. And being not out in the end. It was tough for me going into quarantine for more days than the rest of the team because of Covid. I got support from everybody.
I knew a knock was always around the corner. It was a little bit slow, but I was picking up the gaps. And I was pro-active to pick which bowlers to attack and which to not,” said the youngster after his effort with the bat.